Gingerbread Addition Mats

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With Christmas just around the corner, it’s been fun brainstorming and prepping some hands-on holiday-themed learning activities like these free Gingerbread Addition Mats. Use them with real gumdrops (yum!) or even use play dough, unifix cubes, or fun Christmas erasers as counters. Any way that you choose to play, this is a great activity for building addition skills within 10!

*Pair with our Gingerbread Centers & Activities for Pre-K & Kindergarten!

These free Gingerbread Addition Mats are a fun way to work on addition to 10 in Kindergarten and make a great Christmas math center!

Gingerbread Addition Mats

These gingerbread addition mats would be the perfect addition to your math centers and preparation for this activity is so simple. Your students will love it!

To get these gingerbread mats ready, simply print them out on cardstock and laminate them. This way kids can write with a dry erase marker, erase, and play again.

To prep, simply print the addition mats on cardstock and laminate them so kids can write with a dry erase marker.

How to Play

I decided to give my students real gumdrops to play with. I recommend giving each one their own cup of gumdrops so when they are all done they can eat them!

Or, you can have a designated bowl of gumdrops NOT for eating. I find that most kids will respect the “no eating” rule because they don’t want to lose the privilege of playing with the math mats.

We used two different color gumdrops to build the equations and show that two separate sets are being combined to form a new total.

We used two different color gumdrops to build the equations. This provides a good visual that two separate sets are being combined to form a new total.

If we had 3+2. We put out 3 green gumdrops and 2 red gumdrops.

How many gumdrops in all? We have 5! So we wrote 5 in the box with our dry erase marker.

We then cleared off our math mat and grabbed another to solve!

Writing with dry erase markers and using real gumdrops makes these addition mats super fun.

These addition mats are sure to add tons of fun into your math lessons this holiday season!

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